Nidhi Tomar, Founder/Publisher of Momagama SOMA
I was not sure I knew exactly what it meant to be a mom. When I became pregnant with my older son, I was working full time and going to business school to get my MBA from New York University. Life was moving in a fast forward mode. Becoming a mother changed my priorities in an instant. I wanted to be a mom; I wanted everything to slow down so I could cherish my time with my baby.
We chose to move to this area from West New York, NJ, in order to have our child live a life where he could run around, make friends with neighborhood kids and have fun. Two sons and many swim lessons, piano lessons, and Y camps later, motherhood continues to be a blessing. Moving around in this little town, I realized there were so many families moving from New York, Jersey City and Hoboken for the same reasons. It always felt like our towns are made of people like us. Joe, from Alabama and Mary, from Texas meet in New York City. Joe and Mary marry, have kids, and settle down in Maplewood, or Millburn, or South Orange or any of the nearby towns. Maybe it is the train lines, the commute, the vibrancy or most likely all of the above.
Over time, I have made many friends in this area and met many women that are spectacular in their own ways. They all seem to have these normal lives, but talk to them, and they have such wonderful stories to share about raising kids, careers, learning more about themselves, and becoming stronger each day. I felt that we “moms” needed an online platform that celebrates us for who we are, not just as mothers to our kids but for us as individuals. A place to read, chat, ask questions, share our stories and experiences, and get some expert advice on subjects that matter to us.
In January of 2013, Momagama was officially launched after 10 months of hard work. Momagama is a celebration of two words – “Mom” and “Agama”. In Buddhism, Agama is described as “Sacred Work” or “Scripture. Momagama celebrates the sacred and unique of mom. Momagama is all about sharing our experiences, our transitions, and everything fun and fabulous in our daily lives. I hope you like it as much as I do. Enjoy and be momagamous!